News Roundup: Two Bodies Recovered After Gulf Coast Cargo Plane Crash

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By Becky FogelFebruary 25, 2019 1:48 pm

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Texas authorities say two bodies have been recovered from Trinity Bay, along the Gulf Coast, where an Amazon cargo plane crashed Saturday. The search for the third person on the Boeing 767 freighter is ongoing.

“The aircraft is in the video as its descending – it is descending in a steep descent, steep nose down attitude and it is in the video for approximately 5 seconds,” Sumwalt said.

Sumwalt says this type of investigation typically takes between 12 to 18 months to complete.

Drag queens from the Rio Grande Valley gathered in Brownsville over the weekend to protest more border wall construction in the region.

Reynaldo Leanos Jr. with Texas Public Radio reports the protest – held in front of existing border wall – was also a way for the drag queens to stand in solidarity with LGBTQ asylum seekers.

Beatrix Lestrange is wearing a multicolored dress, black choker with studs and a red wig. She’s a self-proclaimed dragtavist, a drag queen who uses her platform for social activism. She’s joined by other drag queens in flashy outfits in a small park in front of the border wall in Brownsville. Lestrange hopes their performance will bring awareness to some of the issues trans and queer migrants face.

“I get teary-eyed and emotional every time because they’re already fleeing really horrible conditions,” Lestrange says. “They’re fleeing homophobia, transphobia, violence, trauma, only to come to the doorsteps of our country and encounter more of that.”

In less than two hours the drag queens raised about $650. All the proceeds will go to local organizations that work with LGBTQ asylum seekers.

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to vote Tuesday on a resolution Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro filed.

The San Antonio Democrat’s measure seeks to end President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration to fund border wall construction.

Castro has said he thinks the resolution will pass in the House and Senate. But Trump told reporters if it makes it to his desk, he’ll veto it.

“And I don’t think it survives a veto,” Trump said. “We have too many smart people that want border security – so I can’t imagine it can survive a veto but I will veto it, yes.”

More than 220 members of Congress are cosponsoring the resolution – only one is a Republican.